The boy band set off on a five-city-tour of the United States with their first show slated for the May 21st in Minneapolis.
The 10-day-tour for the honey voiced four turned sour when they failed to impress some revelers who attended the concerts.
One Atlanta based fan launched a scathing attack on her blog with a post titled, ‘Sauti Sol? I say Sauti so-so…’. In the highly circulated post, Jean expressed that she was thoroughly disappointed in the much hyped Atlanta concert.
“They arrived three and a half hours late, put on a sketchy show of 6 or 7 songs on a low-budget sound system, then hurried off the stage after 45 minutes. I wonder, did they know we were there? Or are they conceited enough to think that they “have arrived” and no longer need to expend any additional energy on their lowly fans,” she wrote.
Her comments were reiterated by a Minnesota-based fan, Moha Wahome, “Sauti sol did the same thing in Minnesota after waiting from 8.30pm they showed up at 1am preformed for 45min and went to take pictures with groupies. They took more time taking pictures than they took on stage.”
Things went from bad to worse when only one out of the four band members showed up for the Seattle concert.
The band made the announcement on their official social media pages citing unavoidable circumstances.
“Hello #Seattle unfortunately 3 members of the band couldn’t make it due to unavoidable circumstances. However, Bien-Aime Baraza, the lead singer is in the house and the show must continue. We’re working very hard to redo the show with all the members present in a couple of month’s time,” the post read.
Despite this, fans were still displeased and they took to social media to vent their frustrations.
“I’m a diehard fan but you guys are making it hard for us to keep being in love…a lot of improvement is needed before the next tour,” Nyokabi Kinney commented on the post.
“So we scan our tickets till you come around when? 2018 May??? These Kenyan artistes are jokers,” complained Anna Irungu
Some fans, however, came to the defense of the band stating that they thoroughly enjoyed the concerts despite the challenges.
Others from Kenya said that having attended shows in Kenya, they found these allegations hard to believe.
Sauti Sol has won numerous local and international accolades over the past few years.
They have recently been nominated for the 2015 BET Awards as the best international act.
They are the only East African act to get a BET nomination this year.
Sauti Sol no-show in Seattle, Washington.explained
Heightened security at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport disrupted Sauti Sol’s travel plans for a performance in Seattle, Washington.
The members of the group had split up when going through security at the world’s busiest airport on Sunday, with only Bien-Aime Baraza, the group’s manager, and a keyboardist managing to make the flight, which was scheduled to land at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport in the early afternoon.
The Nation has learned that Bien-Aime salvaged the event by performing solo.
“He was at his best,” said one of the event organisers, Ron Imanene, in a telephone interview from Seattle.
However, a disgruntled fan, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she and other revellers who had been eagerly awaiting Sauti Sol’s arrival at Seattle’s EMP Museum left in protest as word spread that the band would not make it for the show. She said she expected the management to “take full responsibility” for the debacle.
On the day, multiple bomb threats had been made at three different airports, including Atlanta, the hub of Delta Airlines.
Government sources later said the threats were not credible.
The Washington State event was organised by One Vibe Africa in support of a Kisumu-based music and art centre.
Arunga Awuor, M1 of Dead Prez and Dax Lion performed as the crowd awaited Sauti Sol’s appearance. Others were Jus Moni, Aisha Fukushima, Babaluku, Project Lion Heart, LaRue and Zack Okello.
The Seattle show was Sauti Sol’s last major gig ahead of the BET Awards ceremony set for June 28 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
The group, nominated in the Best International Act category, had performed in Atlanta the previous day.